July 16, 2010 in Sports

Levesque’s heady play lifts Sounders

 
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The MLS reiterated it would not sell Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan during the transfer period.
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Soccer: Roger Levesque scored on a header in the 89th minute and the Seattle Sounders FC ended a four-game winless skid with a 1-0 away win over D.C. United at Washington on Thursday night.

Fredy Montero dashed down the right, then sent a cross to the leaping Levesque at the far post. The timely goal gave the Sounders (5-8-4) their first MLS win since June 5. The Sounders lost a late lead against FC Dallas in their previous game.

United (3-9-4), winless in their last four, were shut out for the 12th time this season.

Kasey Keller made five saves, staying on after injuring his left ankle in a second-half collision with D.C.’s Andy Najar.

Before the match, United announced that defender Bryan Namoff was suspending his playing career. Namoff, who has spent all 10 of his MLS seasons with United, hasn’t played since a September concussion.

• MLS has no plans to sell Donovan: Major League Soccer plans to keep Landon Donovan.

MLS commissioner Don Garber said the league has no intention of accepting transfer offers for the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder.

Donovan was the best U.S. player at the World Cup, scoring three goals to become the American career leader with five. He agreed in December to a four-year contract with MLS that pays him a base salary of $2.05 million this year.

Michael Vick trustee seeks repayment

NFL: The trustee in Michael Vick’s bankruptcy case is seeking repayment of at least $2 million that the NFL quarterback doled out to friends and family members in the months before he was sent to federal prison for running a dogfighting operation.

A complaint filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Newport News says Vick knew his lucrative career was in jeopardy and that he would be facing huge legal bills, yet he continued to shower friends and relatives with gifts and cash. Those assets, trustee Joseph J. Luzinski argues, should have gone to Vick’s creditors.

Vick claimed about $20 million in debt when he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 2008, while he was serving a 23-month sentence at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan.

Bears, Cowboys make supplemental draft picks: The Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys have each made seventh-round picks in the supplemental draft.

The Bears, picking 12th, chose BYU running back Harvey Unga. The Cowboys, selecting 30th, picked Illinois defensive end Josh Price-Brent. With the selections, Chicago and Dallas will forego their seventh-round picks in the 2011 draft.

• Rogers avoids felony gun charge: Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers entered a diversion program to avoid trial on an airport weapons charge, but he still faces a possible NFL suspension. Under the terms, the felony gun charge will be dismissed if the 31-year-old Rogers completes the program, including 40 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours in a gun class. He also has to forfeit the weapon.

Chan ousted from World Series of Poker

Poker: Two-time World Series of Poker champion Johnny Chan was eliminated from the no-limit Texas Hold ’em main event after gambling strong pocket pairs twice against pocket aces, the game’s best starting hand.

Chan won the main event in 1987 and 1988 and has 10 gold bracelets at the series.

The legendary card player immortalized in the 1998 movie “Rounders” lost the last of his chips with pocket jacks.

Other big players eliminated included Phil Galfond, Dragan Galic and Tommy Venus, who has played in the series since 1978.

Mullens replaces Bellotti as Oregon AD

Miscellany: Oregon has hired Rob Mullens to be its new athletic director.

University president Richard Lariviere announced the move, saying Mullens brings a “deep reservoir of experience.”

The 41-year-old Mullens arrives from Kentucky, where he was the Wildcats’ deputy director of athletics.

Oregon has been looking for an athletic director since March, when Mike Bellotti resigned to accept a job with ESPN.

Bellotti’ announced his departure amid upheaval in the athletic department, including legal problems for several football players and the firing of longtime head basketball coach Ernie Kent.

NCAA reviewing UNC program: North Carolina athletic director Dick Baddour said the NCAA is investigating a sports program at the school regarding possible rules violations.

Baddour declined to say which sport, but a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press the NCAA is looking at Butch Davis’ football program.

Semenya victorious in return to track

Track and Field: Caster Semenya won her first race since being cleared to return to competition after undergoing gender tests, winning the 800 meters at Lappeenranta, Finland, in a modest time against a weak field at a low-key meet.

The 19-year-old South African won the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 4.22 seconds at the Lappeenranta Games — a long way off the 1:55.45 Semenya clocked when she won the gold medal at the world championships in Berlin 11 months ago.

Semenya, who started in lane 4, was even with most of her competition before pulling away on the home straight.

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